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Welcome To Issue 76!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
This Week: A mostly hack-free column (one link in there, but I get it out of the way quick)! First we update on the Spider-Man deal, then we talk through the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron assuming the new Lego sets aren't lying to us.
Lots going on in the Marvel Universe this week, or at least the perception that there is a lot going on, because some set visit interviews from Avengers: Age of Ultron solidified some rumored plot developments and a Lego set for the film does what Lego sets do: have us wondering if we’re being sold cool brick guys or being told about the progression of action scenes in the film.
Then, there’s Spider-Man.
As the hackers »
Over the years, Marvel has done a ton of crossover comics, one of the most recent was The Avengers and Attack on Titan. It was short, but it was really freakin' cool. Affter doing a little research I came across six Marvel crossover comics that were ridiculous. The comic book publisher sure has some doozies over the years. Most of them offer some good, fun entertainment, while others simply sucked. Check out the list below:
Eminem/Punisher - Kill You
In 2009, Frank Castle and Marshall Mathers team up after the Punisher kills a bunch of Eminem’s bodyguards over a misunderstanding. After a concert, Punisher stops the limo from leaving so Slim-Shady and his entourage get out angrily to make him get out of the way. So what does Punisher do? He just automatically opens fire, killing many of them. After Eminem pistol whips Punisher, and an assassin named Barracuda »
- Joey Paur
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight Rises, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Krypton, Titans and more…
Just days after Stan Lee was quoted as stating that having Spider-Man, X-Men and The Fantastic Four as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was something that Marvel Studios “is very concerned about”, a flood of leaked emails from the Guardians of Peace hack into Sony arrived online, throwing up tonnes of details about the studio’s plans – or rather, lack of plans – for the wall-crawler. The biggest piece of news was the revelation that Marvel Studios tried unsuccessfully (for the time being, at least) to partner up with »
- Gary Collinson
As the fallout from the Sony hack continues, we now have some potential news concerning Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, with leaked emails reportedly revealing that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War helmers Anthony and Joe Russo will direct the two-part showdown between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Thanos.
According to Overtice, the Russos emailed Sony chairman Amy Pascal, stating that it’s “a pity that negotiations with Marvel did not work” (referring of course to the recent news that Marvel Studios tried – and failed – to get Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War), before revealing that they will direct 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and 2019’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, once they have completed work on The Gray Man for Sony.
- Gary Collinson
Opening in theaters November 4, 2016, the film will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The screenplay is from Jon Spaihts.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Portrait
In October, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.
- Michelle McCue
The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.
The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.
Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers".
Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »
- Michael Stevens
"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.
"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.
"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman. Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a cut of »
- Michael Stevens
"I have a multi-picture deal," said Kretschmann, "which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time..."
'Baron Wolfgang von Strucker', a former Third Reich officer, is one of the leaders of 'Hydra', an enemy of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', the 'Avengers and the interests of the free world in general. He has been physically augmented to be nearly ageless and seemingly killed in the past only to return to plague the world with schemes of world domination.
Strucker is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, swordsman and marksman. He is also »
- Michael Stevens
Marvel Cinematic Universe
When Iron Man was released in 2008, few could’ve predicted that it would be the catalyst for one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history – the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Despite lacking the film rights to some of their most iconic characters, including Spider-Man and the X-Men, Marvel Studio’s writers and directors, many of whom were somewhat left-field choices for their roles, have succeeded in creating a shared universe that continues to wow audiences with each subsequent entry. The series is already the second highest-grossing film franchise of all time, and needs just to make an additional $600 million at the box office to take the top spot from Harry Potter, which it will surely do when Avengers: Age Of Ultron (the trailer for which was recently showcased) is released on the May the 15th next year.
Aside from the second Avengers outing, there are ten »
- Alex Antliff
Welcome To Issue 70!
This Week: We got a look at Agent Carter and Jessica Chastain enters the Marvel rumor mill.
Happy post-election day, which is also New Comic Book Day and - for yours truly - another day in the Spider-Verse for Marvel Comics. I’m doing well all things considered, even as election fever gripped television last night, pushing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other TV I wanted to watch off the week so we could get returns.
Instead, on ABC, we were treated to an hour-long special about Marvel Comics narrated by Agent 13, Emily Van camp, who I had almost forgot about even though she’s the next in line for a Cap love interest »
Earlier today, we posted a couple of highlights from Marvel Studios' documentary Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! That included the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man sneak peek, as well as an extended clip from Agent Carter. The full documentary is now available to watch online thanks to ABC. This gives fans a little history on the comic book company, taking us through how it was started, the challenges it has had over the years, and where it is going. This was made for people who have jumped on the Marvel bandwagon over the last few years and might not know a lot about the company and people who laid the groundwork for what we are seeing today in these epic blockbuster films. If you grew up as a Marvel fan, then there's a good chance that you already know a lot of the information presented, but it's still worth a look. »
- Joey Paur
For anyone who has seen more than one Marvel movie but would shrug perplexedly at the mention of Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko, “Marvel, 75 Years: From Pulp To Pop!” — an ABC special, giving “Agents of Shield” the week off — should probably be required viewing. Fun, fast-paced and encompassing many of the company’s highlights along with a few lowlights, it’s a solid primer on Marvel’s history, while weaving in inevitable self-promotion and synergistic plugs. Frankly, an hour doesn’t do the topic justice, but it’s still a timely recognition of the outfit that started out 75 years ago as, yes, Timely Comics.
Hosted by Emily VanCamp — who not only stars in ABC’s “Revenge” and appeared in the last “Captain America” movie, but also looks like a stereotypical comicbook fan’s imaginary girlfriend — the special races through those early years, when editor Martin Goodman began churning out superhero »
- Brian Lowry
Marvel Studios have confirmed new movies, based on several of their most popular comic book characters, including "Captain America: Civil War", that will be integral to their growing 'Marvel Cinematic Universe':
...which also ran through various other titles published by Marvel at the time.
The plot follows a storyline in which the Us government passes a 'Superhero Registration Act' designed to have superpowered characters act under official regulation.
The events of the series touch upon themes of liberty, moral responsibility and civil order, with good-intentioned superhero characters finding themselves on different sides.
In other Marvel movie news, »
- Michael Stevens
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting Black Panther on the big screen with Chadwick Boseman in the title role. The film has bounced around for over a decade, with John Singleton as director then Wesley Snipes as star then nothing but stall outs and brick walls. Now the character, credited as the first black superhero (created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966), finds himself an important piece of Marvel’s future Avengers plans-- he'll first appear in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own movie on November 3, 2017. There’s a lot of history to draw from for a solo feature film, and while we don’t know yet which characters will and won’t appear in the movie, here’s a good primer for the major...
- John Gholson
The king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, T’Challa joined the Avengers in 1968. He will be prominently featured in “Captain America: Civil War,” May 6, 2016, before being spun off into his own film on Nov. 3, 2017.
Wakanda has the world’s largest deposits of vibranium, a highly durable meteoric ore that is used to create the mesh in Black Panther’s costume and Captain America’s shield. The material will play a larger role in future Marvel movies.
But so will Black Panther, a character that has long been in Marvel’s plans as a potential franchise »
- Marc Graser
If you thought the biggest Marvel news you'd get this week would be about Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange, hold on to your butts. Marvel just announced its "Phase 3" plans in Hollywood on Tuesday, revealing tons of new movies in the works, including sequels, standalone films centered on new characters (including its first female-centric movie), release dates, and franchise stars. There's a ton of new information, so we've boiled down the biggest points for you right here. The Title of the Next Captain America Movie The third movie in the Captain America franchise will be called Captain America: Civil War, and it will come out May 6, 2016. The Title of the Next Thor Movie The third movie in the Thor series will be titled Thor 3: Ragnarok, and it will be released on July 28, 2017. President Kevin Feige noted that the word Ragnarok "means essentially the end of all things." Tom Hiddleston »
Following a massive announcement by Warner Bros. regarding their slate of DC superhero films out through the end of the decade, Marvel, not to be outdone, released their own lineup in a press event Tuesday.
Here’s the full lineup up through 2019, via Deadline:
May 5, 2015 – Avengers: Age Of Ultron
July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017 – Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 (previously July 28, 2017)
July 28, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
November 3, 2017 – Black Panther
May 4, 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War – Part I
July 6, 2018 – Captain Marvel
November 2, 2018 – The Inhumans
May 3, 2019 – Avengers: Infinity War – Part II
And here’s /Film Critic Peter Sciretta’s tweet straight from the event:
Final marvel release lineup #MarvelEvent pic.twitter.com/ddI2Igonhy
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 28, 2014
- Brian Welk
Earlier today, the studio announced its Phase Three slate of releases, including a two-part Avengers adventure in 2018 and 2019.
In a Q&A with media after the event in Los Angeles, the studio's president Kevin Feige addressed the possibility of solo outings for the popular characters.
Asked about a follow-up to 2008's The Incredible Hulk, Feige explained: "We'll see. For now, he'll be appearing with his friends in the other films."
Further pressed on a solo adventure for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, he added that for now she would continue to appear in the Avengers films, but promised that the character would have a key role going forward.
Chadwick Boseman will be Marvel Studios' first solo lead of color, with the news that he will take the title role in the newly announced Black Panther movie, one of several new titles revealed at this morning’s Marvel Studios event at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. Boseman will play T’Challa, the head of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, in the movie, which is scheduled to be released Nov. 3, 2017. The Black Panther — created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby — was a long-serving member of the Avengers who also enjoyed multiple critically acclaimed solo runs throughout
- Graeme McMillan
The search for Marvel's Doctor Strange has been long and winding, but it seems to have landed on a Doctor who will make the Internet extremely happy. Sources confirm reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to take on the role of Stephen Strange, the selfish and superficial neurosurgeon who recovers from car-crash injuries to become the Sorcerer Supreme, the planet's mystical defender. Scott Derrickson is directing the standalone Doctor Strange movie, which already has a release date of July 8, 2016. Cumberbatch is an attractive choice to play the magical superhero, but he wasn't the first name to surface for the role. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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